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Man climbs National Christmas Tree near White House

Published:Wednesday | December 26, 2018 | 12:05 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) :

A man who climbed the National Christmas Tree, near the White House, on Friday evening, was taken to hospital for psychiatric evaluation, local media report.

US Park Police believed the man, who was not identified, was in emotional distress and negotiated with him to climb down.

The tree is on the Ellipse just south of the White House.

Some Christmas lights were damaged in the incident.

The tree's lights were turned off as a result on Friday.